Refurbishing or Replacing a Dwelling in Kildare

In December 2009 I wrote about policies relating to refurbishing and replacing dwellings in Co. Kildare.  It is time to update this article given the important changes in the new development plan 2011 – 2017.

It is the policy of the Council to promote the re-use or sensitive restoration of building of vernacular architecture.  In this regard they will encourage the restoration of derelict traditional vernacular dwellings where it can be restored to habitable accommodation in keeping with its original character. Derelict in this instance means that the structure, including the walls, must be intact. Applicants do not need to comply with local need criteria.

In the case of a structurally unsound derelict dwelling a replacement dwelling of the same size and scale will be considered but applicants must comply with local need criteria.

Finally, where the replacement of a non-vernacular dwelling is being proposed, there are a number of criteria that need to be met relating to structural integrity and details of when the structure was last used as a dwelling.  Local needs are not required if the same size and scale of dwelling is being provided.  However, if a larger scale dwelling is being proposed then compliance with local needs is a requirement.

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